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Quotes About Pessimism

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Oscar Wilde
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

Winston Churchill
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Winston Churchill

James Branch Cabell
“The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.”
James Branch Cabell, The Silver Stallion

Charles Chaplin
“You'll never find a rainbow if you're looking down”
Charles Chaplin

Sarah Dessen
“If you expect the worst, you'll never be disappointed.”
Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key

George Bernard Shaw
“A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.”
George Bernard Shaw

Chuck Palahniuk
“What people forget is a journey to nowhere starts with a single step, too.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

Alphonse Karr
“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden

Charles Bukowski
“I wish to weep
but sorrow is
stupid.
I wish to believe
but belief is a
graveyard.”
Charles Bukowski, What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire

P.G. Wodehouse
“I'm not absolutely certain of the facts, but I rather fancy it's Shakespeare who says that it's always just when a fellow is feeling particularly braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with the bit of lead piping.”
P.G. Wodehouse, Carry on, Jeeves

Thomas L. Friedman
“Pessimists are usually right and optimists are usually wrong but all the great changes have been accomplished by optimists.”
Thomas L. Friedman

Philip K. Dick
“If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others.”
Philip K. Dick

Chuck Palahniuk
“You know how both life and porno movies end. The only difference is life starts with the orgasm.”
Chuck Palahniuk

Ted Dekker
“The world’s bumper sticker reads: Life sucks, and then you die. Perhaps Christian bumper stickers should read: Life sucks, but then you find hope and you can’t wait to die.”
Ted Dekker, The Slumber of Christianity: Awakening a Passion for Heaven on Earth

Antonio Gramsci
“I'm a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.”
Antonio Gramsci, Gramsci's Prison Letters

Arthur Schopenhauer
Der Mensch kann tun was er will; er kann aber nicht wollen was er will.

Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms

Jeffrey R. Holland
“No misfortune is so bad that whining about it won’t make it worse. (Apr 2007 Gen Conf)”
Jeffrey R. Holland

W.B. Yeats
“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”
W.B. Yeats, The Collected Poems

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Robert Lynn Asprin
“When things are at their blackest, I say to myself, 'Cheer up, things could be worse.' And sure enough, they get worse.”
Robert Lynn Asprin

Mark Twain
“The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it he knows too little.”
Mark Twain

Sherrilyn Kenyon
“Sorrow spares no one, and scars respect no person.”
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Infamous

Tamar Myers
“I will be the first to admit that I am a pessimist by nature. It is, after all, the wisest way to be. We pessimists have everything to gain, whereas optimists have a fifty-fifty chance of being disappointed.”
Tamar Myers, As the World Churns

Dean Hale
“One can only tolerate the absolute idiocy of Man for so long before bringing out the bat.”
Dean Hale

Young-Ha Kim
“Sometimes fiction is more easily understood than true events. Reality is often pathetic.”
Young-Ha Kim, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself

Robertson Davies
“Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.”
Robertson Davies

Jim Benton
“School prepares you for the real world... which also bites.”
Jim Benton

Joyce Carol Oates
“Keep a light, hopeful heart. But ­expect the worst.”
Joyce Carol Oates

Stuart Hill
“If you reach for the stars, you just might land on a decently sized hill.”
Stuart Hill, The Cry of the Icemark

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